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London Contemporary Dance School launches postgrad programme

London Contemporary Dance School's postgraduate work by Mara Vivas. Photo: Benedict Johnson London Contemporary Dance School's postgraduate work by Mara Vivas. Photo: Benedict Johnson
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The London Contemporary Dance School has launched a new postgraduate programme designed to offer dancers the opportunity to combine further study with professional work.

The course, called Developing Artistic Practice, will be organised by modules, which LCDS said would offer “unrivalled flexibility” for dancers, allowing students to build up to the full qualification over a period of one to six years.

The school, which is based at the Place in central London, said this method would allow dancers to combine studying for the course with other professional commitments, with the option to finance the modules separately.

As part of the masters-level qualification, students can choose to specialise in one area or combine different modules, which include choreography, teaching, improvisation and performing.

The performance module will feature part-time apprenticeships with established companies that already work with LCDS on its postgraduate apprenticeships programme. Companies confirmed to take part in 2016/17 include National Dance Company Wales, Richard Alston Dance Company and Scottish Dance Theatre.

Veronica Lewis, principal of LCDS, said: “We understand that dance artists who pursue postgraduate study are looking for a place there they can receive the support and inspiration to delve deeply into a specific area of interest and develop their practice.”

She added: “With this in mind, the new modular structure responds to the needs of those practitioners who want to pursue postgraduate study alongside the demands of professional commitments, as well as those who want to fully immerse themselves in performance.”

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